Here at the Paris Air Show, Dassault and BAE Systems have joined forces to display a mockup of the UK company’s Mantis medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAV technology demonstrator. The combined exhibit highlights the recent agreement between the two companies to codevelop the Telemos UAS to meet the needs of both British and French armed forces.
Speaking at Dassault’s annual press conference yesterday, CEO Charles Edelstenne clarified that BAE Systems would be the prime contractor for a joint medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aircraft program under the recently announced memorandum of understanding between the two companies. The MoU follows last November’s Anglo-French inter-governmental agreement.
Dassault downplayed quotes of Dassault Falcon CEO John Rosanvallon in French financial daily La Tribune about the aircraft manufacturer’s partnership plans in China. In the story, Rosanvallon talked of discussions with Avic on the possibility of cooperation on an indigenous business jet design or a local Falcon final assembly facility. “There is nothing more than talks,” a company spokesman told AIN.
Although few details are available about Dassault’s super-midsize SMS Falcon, the company is aiming for certification in 2016, according to Olivier Villa, senior vice president for civil aircraft. When the twin-engine SMS was launched in January 2008 it was slated to be powered by the Rolls-Royce RB282.
Falcon operators attending the World Economic Forum this week have a dedicated Dassault team on site to support them. The company has positioned the team at the Zurich Airport for the duration of the event. The forum, held in Davos, Switzerland, brings together business, political, intellectual and other high-profile leaders to debate global issues.
Designated Dassault Falcon completions center Jet Aviation Basel has introduced Jet Falcon, a cabin interior refurbishment program designed specifically for the Dassault Falcon 2000. Operators who are considering an interior upgrade for their Falcon 2000 can choose from three distinct cabin interior designs: classic, style and fashion.
Dassault (Chalet A14) is working steadily toward a certification date of 2016 for its much-anticipated super-midsize (SMS) Falcon business jet, Olivier Villa, Dassault's senior vice president civil aircraft, told AIN here at MEBA. Launched in January 2008, the twin-engine SMS is intended to be the successor to the out-of-production three-engine Falcon 50.
Dassault Falcon president and CEO John Rosanvallon sees Brazil as “one of the fastest-growing markets in the world,” and his company expects to deliver 13 new Falcons in Brazil over the next five years.
Honeywell has named India-based Air Works as a regional forward-stocking location partner for key mechanical and avionics parts. The agreement allows Honeywell to expand its support capabilities for Gulfstream and Dassault operators in India and the Middle East by positioning line replaceable units intended for AOG support in Bangalore, India.
Dassault Aviation on Monday said its revenue last year decreased 9 percent from 2008, coming in at €3.4 billion ($4.7 billion). This number lumps together sales and deliveries of Falcon business jets and military aircraft. To cope with the downturn, some activities have been transferred from one factory to another; for example, Dassault has migrated wiring work from its Mérignac to its Biarritz, France facilities.